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Brazil's scandal-plagued President may face a reckoning as lawmakers consider impeachment

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's president, looks during a forum on Borders Protection at Planalto Government Palace on June 23, 2021 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Andressa Anholete/Getty Images)

Corruption inquiries, a spreading Covid-19 crisis, plunging popularity and persistent bouts of the hiccups. Brazil's scandal-plagued President Jair Bolsonaro just can't seem to catch a break ahead of presidential elections next year.

Bolsonaro's government has been implicated in corruption allegations, resulting in a parliamentary inquiry into the government's handling of the pandemic.

The Brazilian Senate inquiry into the government's response may hobble Bolsonaro's reelection bid if it leads to an impeachment proceeding or criminal charges.

The inquiry has also uncovered explosive claims from a witness that Bolsonaro was warned a proposed vaccine deal was padded with extra cash for corrupt officials.

This CPI has no credibility," Bolsonaro said.

The Getulio Vargas University (FGV-SP) professor said while it's not yet clear where the inquiry will lead, Bolsonaro's government is compromised.

Teixeira predicted a "difficult scenario" for Bolsonaro in the run-up to the October 2022 presidential election, with Datafolha polling showing him trailing likely rival and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

"(Bolsonaro) prefers to wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning, tell his lies through his mobile phone, through the social media, and we have been producing fake news as we've never seen in the history of Brazil, and he's not dealing seriously," da Silva has said.

Bolsonaro -- much like Trump during his reelection campaign -- has been seeding doubt about the electronic voting machines used in Brazil, the very same system by which he and his sons were elected.

"Bolsonaro's health problem creates a smokescreen that gives his family a kind of 'revival' from the stab he suffered four years ago, showing an instrumentalization of something that had significant weight in the past elections and that can affect voting intention for next year," Teixeira said.

Arriving at the hospital last week, Bolsonaro said Brazil is on "the path to prosperity" and thanked supporters for their prayers.

"That's what motivates us to move forward and face whatever it takes to get the country out of the grip of corruption, reversal of values, organized crime, and to guarantee and protect the freedom of our people," Bolsonaro said.

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